Monday, March 1, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: March 1, 2010

Please Join Us at the Public Forum on Earned Sick Time

PathWays, PA, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces, invites you to our

Public Forum on Earned Sick Time
WHEN: March 10, 2010 - 10 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: Central Branch of the Free Library, 4th Floor Skyline Room, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia PA

Join us to learn more about earned sick time from:
  • Legislators
  • Affected workers
  • Supportive employers
  • Physicians
The event will also include polling data and information on earned sick time from The National Partnership for Women and Families!

To sign up for this event, please visit http://earnedsicktime1.eventbrite.com!You can also email your RSVP to policy@pathwayspa.org or call Kate Scully at 610-543-5022 x255.

If you have been affected by the need for sick time or are a business owner who offers sick time and would like to speak at this event, please call or email us as well! You can also sign an online petition, which will be delivered to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, if you live in Philadelphia, also to City Council – both of which are currently working on legislation to provide workers with this benefit.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is a group of organizations supporting the need for earned sick time in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Primary organizers of this event include PathWays PA and WOMEN'S WAY. Coalition members include:

Childspace CDI ▪ CLASP ▪ Coalition of Labor Union Women ▪ Institute for Women's Policy Research ▪ Maternity Care Coalition ▪ MomsRising ▪ National Partnership for Women & Families ▪ National Organization for Women (Phila. Chapter) ▪ PathWays PA ▪ Pennsylvania ACORN ▪ People's Emergency Center ▪ Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility ▪ SEIU ▪ The Campaign for Working Families ▪ Women's Law Project ▪ WOMEN'S WAY ▪ Women Vote PA

Federal

Your Help Needed Today to Prevent Service Cuts in PA

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on legislation that will extend enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds for Pennsylvania and the 49 other states by an additional six months, through July 2011.

This extension is critical to Pennsylvania's 2010-11 state budget, which will fall $850 million short without that extended federal funding.

Things are moving quickly in Washington, D.C., and we need your help. Sign on to a letter today to Pennsylvania's Congressional Delegation urging their support for the Medicaid matching funds extension. Without these funds, Pennsylvania will face deep cuts in health care, human services, and funds for hospitals and nursing homes.

Please sign on to the letter by no later than Monday, March 1.


Action Alert: Support Funding for McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Grants

Last year, Congress made significant improvements to the McKinney program through the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). But $2.4 billion is needed to fully fund HEARTH Act requirements and keep current programs intact.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives to ask them to support a funding level of $2.4 billion for Homelessness Assistance Grants this year.

To make the greatest impact, everyone should send letters at the same time. If possible, please send your letter by March 1. Congress just began making decisions about funding levels for federal programs, and they need to hear from their constituents early in this process to ensure they prioritize funding for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs.

Contact the Law Center's Policy Director Jason Small with questions at jsmall@nlchp.org or by calling 202-638-2535.


State

OCDEL Survey for Family Child Care Home Operators

On January 21, 2010, the House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing regarding House Bill 685, which includes a requirement for every family child care home to have general liability insurance. Currently, the laws relating to family child care do not require liability insurance; however, some operators make a personal choice to purchase this coverage.

As a result of the hearing, the Committee requested that the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) conduct a survey of family child care home operators to ascertain how many operators currently have general liability insurance for their facilities. The survey does not require submission of any identifying information. OCDEL asks that each operator of a registered family child care home take a moment to complete this brief survey. If you are the operator of a registered family child care home, please complete only one survey per family child care home. If you work with family child care homes, please pass this survey along to them.

The survey will be open until March 12, 2010.


Information/Events

Meeting the Challenges of Hunger in Delaware County

Join those concerned about hunger and hunger related issues in Delaware county for a day of exploration, networking and creating action plans that address these issues.

WHEN: Friday, March 5, 2010
WHERE: Widener University, University Center Webb Room, One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Objectives of the event:
  • Recognize hunger needs and barriers to accessing food resources in Delaware County
  • Develop a plan that encourages a stronger food assistance network
  • Form partnerships to encourage greater involvement in networks addressing hunger needs
Participants must register to attend. Registration is $35.00. If you are applying for CEUs, please add $15.00 to the registration fee. Scholarships are available by calling Fran Alloway at 610-690-2655. Mail completed registration and registration fee to
Delaware County Cooperative Extension, Attn: Fran Alloway, 20 Paper Mill Road, Springfield, PA 19064. The deadline for registration is February 19, 2010

For more information, visit http://delaware.extension.psu.edu or call 610-690-2655.


WOMEN’S WAY Presents the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize

The 2010 book prize celebrates Michelle Goldberg for her book, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. In a work of incisive cultural analysis and deep reporting, Goldberg shows how the emancipation of women has become the key human rights struggle of the twenty-first century. The Means of Reproduction travels through four-continents, examining issues such as abortion, female circumcisions, and Asia's missing girls to show how the battle over women's bodies has been globalized, and how the United States, depending on who has power, alternately advanced and impeded women's rights worldwide.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

The event will include the presentation of the Book Prize and remarks by author Michelle Goldberg, followed by a book signing and reception.

The event is free. To RSVP please contact Cate Galbally at 215.985.0333 x226 or cgalbally@womensway.org.


Census Bureau’s "Take 10" Challenge

During the 2000 Census, 72 percent of occupied households mailed back their forms. In 2010, the Census Bureau is challenging communities to do even better. To encourage everyone to take 10 minutes to answer the 10 simple questions on the 2010 Census form, the Bureau is launching the "Take 10" campaign. This campaign provides a wide range of tools to inspire your community to meet our challenge. These tools include
  • An interactive, map-based, "Take 10" Web site that allows local areas to track and compare their 2010 Census mail back participation rates, which will be updated on a daily basis at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/, and to look up their 2000 Census participation rates.
  • An electronic toolkit is which includes talking points, sample speeches, new releases, newsletter copy, event suggestions, flyers, stickers, and doorknob hanger templates, and more.
  • Suggestions on how to use friendly competition with other communities to inspire participation in the census.
You can play an important leadership role in encouraging your community to mail back their forms. Most 2010 Census questionnaires are delivered from March 15-17, 2010. From the time the forms are delivered until the closing of the mail campaign at the end of April, you have the opportunity to remind your area residents of the importance of mailing back their census forms.
The stakes are high; an accurate count of the local population helps to ensure that your community receives its fair share of federal funding. This funding includes resources for services, such as health care, education, and roads.


Online Internship Fair

Finding great interns has never been this simple: no tabling, no boxed lunches, thousands of qualified students.

Recruit talent from 30 area colleges and universities during Campus Philly's Online Internship Fair. Register your internship opportunity for free from March 1st through March 14th at campusphilly.org/careers.

Campus Philly's Online Internship Fair is sponsored by The City of Philadelphia and Intern U.


PathWays PA Information and Initiatives

PathWays PA New Publication: Keeping it Real – Teen Finances

PathWays PA is excited to announce the completion of a new helpful handbook for managing money written specifically for teens, Keeping it Real: Teen Finances.

This guide not only discusses what teens should understand about their finances, it also assists them in planning for their future.

The guide focuses on such areas as understanding your paycheck, budgeting, banking, financial contracts, credit, and insurance. It also includes goal setting, finding a job, education, child care, and housing.


Free Tax Preparation from PathWays PA

PathWays PA’s basic tax preparation service is designed to provide free tax filing for households whose income does not exceed $50,000. We can also assist tax filers who are disabled or who do not speak English as their first language.

If you or someone you know would like to have taxes prepared by the Self Sufficiency team, please call the numbers below to schedule an appointment.
Philadelphia

PathWays PA West Philly Office
3617 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA
To schedule an appointment call Linda at 215-387-1470.
Mondays 10am – 2pm (starting February 1st)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm -6pm

PathWays PA EARN Center
926 W. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19133
To schedule an appointment call 215-226-2600.
Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am -12:30pm (starting January 27th)
Saturdays January 30 and February 6 10am - 2pm

Delaware County

PathWays PA Administrative Office
310 Amosland Road Holmes, PA 19043
To schedule an appointment call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022.
Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm
Fridays 10am-2pm (starting January 29th)

J. Lewis Crozer Library
620 Engle Street Chester, PA 19013
To schedule an appointment call 610-494-3454.
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm (starting January 27th)
The following Saturdays:
Feb 13, March 6, April 10 9:30am -12:30pm

Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
Wharf at Rivertown- 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester
To schedule an appointment call 610-619-7000.
The following Tuesdays:
January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23
10am - 2pm

Please feel free to refer your eligible friends and family to our services!


Change a Life: Become a Mentor to Foster Youth

The Achieving Independence Center (AIC) wants caring and supportive adults willing to build a friendship with a foster care youth. You can be that big brother or sister a youth in foster care needs by sharing your life experiences, time, and friendship. Having a shoulder to lean on when times get tough helps young people stay focused and not lose hope.

Whether it is providing them with caring support, friendship, or helping them with their aspirations (personal and professional), the AIC Mentoring Program can match you with a young person between the ages of 16-21 who could benefit from your knowledge and experience.

The AIC is a “one-stop” center designed to assist young people ages 16-21 achieve their future goals of self-sufficiency. The AIC is dedicated to providing support and real life tools for youth who want to make an investment in their future!

Help a youth build their self-esteem and achieve their personal goals. You make a difference by simply getting involved.

For additional information please call 215-574-9194.


Take Action on Earned Sick Time

48 percent of workers in the United States have no access to earned sick time, which means that if they are sick (or if their family members are sick) they must choose between working sick or losing their pay (or their jobs). If you are one of the 48 percent who have no earned sick time - or one of the 52 percent who do - please take our survey and tell us more!

There are bills at the federal, state, and local level to support earned sick time for everyone - here is what you can do:
  • Support the Federal Healthy Families Act! Under The Healthy Families Act, workers would have the opportunity to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 7 days of sick time per year. This time could be used to care for workers or their families, or could be used as "safe days" in cases of domestic violence. Tell your legislators that we need paid sick days now!
  • Support the paid sick days campaign in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia! Become our friend! Show your support for earned sick time by visiting Facebook. You can support earned sick time in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. Support both!
  • If you don't live in Pennsylvania, you can still support earned sick time. Visit The National Partnership for Women and Families website to learn more about campaigns in your area.
  • Tell us your story! Are you a parent who lost their job to stay home with a sick child? Are you a business owner who provides/supports paid sick days? Email your story to us at policy@pathwayspa.org.
  • Call your Representatives! If you live in Philadelphia, call your City Councilperson and urge them to support "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces," which guarantees earned sick time for all working Philadelphians. Not sure who your City Councilperson is? Click on this link and type in your home address to find out which district you live in: http://www.phila.gov/citycouncil/districtform/districtform.html.
  • If you live in Pennsylvania (but outside of Philadelphia), call your state Representative. Tell him/her you support earned sick time for workers. Not sure who your Representative is? Simply type your address here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm.

Do You Need Help Paying for Post-Secondary Education?

PathWays PA offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), a matched savings program that offers financial education while helping you save for school. Through the program, your savings can be matched at a rate of three-to-one. If you save $500, we will give you an additional $1500 to go towards your school expenses.

Applicants must meet program income guidelines, be working (full or part time), and be enrolled or accepted into an accredited institution.

If you are interested or have any questions, please e-mail Kelly Binder at kbinder@pathwayspa.org.


Need Assistance With Public Benefits Applications?

PathWays PA provides assistance to those who need help applying for food stamps or other benefits. For further information, you can contact our office in Philadelphia 215-387-1470 or Delaware County 610-543-5022.

For more information about the services provided by PathWays PA please visit our website.

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